Bliss Diary – June 25, 2015

You’ve got to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old – whatever “the old” means for you.                     Sarah Ban Breathnach

Nutrition:
morning delight
3 muffins + coconut chips from yesterday (during my son’s nap time I could make lunch or grab a snack and take a nap, I chose the latter.)
ginger kombucha
handful of plantain chips + big salad (the usual) with salmon/mayo wrapped in coconut wraps

I eat a lot of fat. I used to be moderate to low fat when I was a vegan. But, for the last 3 years I’ve been playing with seeing how much I can actually eat. It’s been an interesting and tasty experiment. I think mostly because I’ve thought for years you should limit your fat intake if you wanted to be healthy and lean. But, food tastes better with fat. Plus, it stabilizes my blood sugar so I don’t feel hungry all the time and have way less cravings.

I haven’t gained a bunch of weight by eating large amounts of fat but I also haven’t gotten any leaner. I do notice the less carbohydrates I have the better my tests are in regards to blood sugar, hemoglobin A1c, triglycerides, etc. I’m kinda nerdy about this stuff. I like to test and see what’s actually happening in my body.

My whole perspective on nutrition has changed drastically in the last 3 years. I am more open, less dogmatic and curious about what is ideal for my body and listening to it. I’ve learned that grains don’t work well for me. I also know that a lower carbohydrate diet (not ketonic) feels good (now). I rarely eat fruit, and don’t really miss it. I also know that low sugar is an important part of healing my gut. So…that’s what I am focusing in regards to my nutrition.

Body Goodness: I’ve been taking cleansing herbs for the last 10 days. The two major ones I am taking are:  RepairVite + GI-Synergy by Apex Energetics + Supplements from the Clean Gut kit which is digestive enzymes, probiotics, b-complex and a form of berberine. I am also taking fish oil, and algae dha + epa, magnesium, and vitamin c.

It feels good and comprehensive. I will do another stool test in a month or so to see where I’m at. Everything feels good and I also think a little bit more sleep might give me a bit more healing power. My total hours slept last week were 57.5 which which averages out to a little over 8 hours a night. I am wondering how I’d feel if I got 8.5 a night? 🙂

Movement:
* 19 minute tabata strength workout (6 rounds of 6 sets) – lunges, kettelbell swings, kettlebell deadlifts to row, bicyle abs, 16 lb medicine ball squats w/shoulder press, plank
* 5 minute walk

Meditation: 15 minutes + 45 minute napitation (guided meditation + nap)

Mind/Heart Goodness:
I’ve been thinking about breastfeeding this week. My son will be 3 in 3 months. He still nurses 2-3 times a day. I feel incredibly proud and grateful that I’ve been able to give this gift to him. We had a challenges with latching for 3 months but I was committed. I eventually found out that he had a posterior tongue tie (after lots of experts + research + mama’s intuition) and we had a midwife help us with that and we never had an issue again. Amazing!! There was no way I was not going to breastfeed my baby. We found a way even through my pain and tears.

I’ve always loved the sweet connection. Nursing is actually one of my greatest joys. There is something so powerful and beautiful about feeding and nourishing your child from your body and gazing into his eyes. Mama Goddess embodied. It has also been a big commitment. I’ve never pumped so I was on call a lot. It nourished me though. The oxytocin release has been awesome for our bond.

Obviously, every child weans. It’s part of these little people growing up. Yet, there is still a little sadness. When will the last time we nurse be? There’s the joy of expansion and also the tears and the lump in my throat about the completion of that phase in our relationship. I’m not sure when it will end. But, I know that it is near. Especially working with thyroid and adrenal issues. Mama needs some recovery before she jumps back into baby land again. 😉

Appreciation & Gratitude: I am grateful for my mama friends and their sweet babies. We had a great play date today. I am grateful for epic nourishing naps.  I am grateful for all of my books. I books. I am grateful for all the my body does every day. I am grateful for my adrenals and thyroid. I am grateful for my breathe. I am grateful for the journey.

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